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Friedel makes six saves, Blackburn blanks Aston Villa 2-0.

Lewis goal in 90th minute gives Leeds 2-2 draw with Norwich.

Onyewu must sit out key game for Standard against Anderlecht.

Reyna returns from layoff for Man. City's 2-1 decision over Sunderland.

Convey scores early, Reading rolls to 3-0 win over Burnley.

Reyna returns to action, playing in Manchester City reserves' win.

Lewis nets decisive tally for Leeds in 2-1 decision over Luton.

Friedel records another shutout as rising Rovers slip past Arsenal 1-0.

Oneywu scores in draw, but Standard drops from Jupiler lead.

Hahnemann's play for Reading stands up to any keeper in Europe.

Keller records easy shutout, G'ladbach ends slide 2-0 over FC Köln.

Reading loses for first time in over six months, falls 3-2 to Luton Town.

Hahnemann shines, Convey assists, Reading draws with Sheffield United 1-1.

McBride is scoreless, but makes his mark as Fulham drubs West Brom 6-1.

Beasley gets relief from Nguyen in PSV 1-0 win over Heracles.

Keller is sharp, but G'ladbach can only draw 0-0 with Schalke.

Caugherty to sign with Bodens BK in Sweden.

  • With ailing McBride going 90 minutes, Fulham snaps losing streak, stuns Arsenal 1-0.
  • Convey goal allows Reading to draw 1-1 with Wolverhampton.

    Americans Abroad

    Cherundolo's chip helps Hannover 96 to 1-0 win over Colgne.

    By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
    SoccerTimes

    (Sunday, March 19, 2006) -- United States defender Steve Cherundolo's free kick led to the decisive tally, lifting host Hannover 96 to a 1-0 triumph over Cologne Saturday before 37,214 at AWD-Arena in the German Bundesliga.

    Going the distance at right back, Cherundolo chipped his direct kick into the penalty area where goalkeeper Alexander Bade pushed it into the path of Hannover midfielder Thomas Bdaric, Bade blocked a shot by Bdaric, but the rebound went to striker Vahid Hashemian, who put it away for the game-winner from four yards out in the 39th minute.

    Hannover (7-6-13), Borussia Mönchengladbach (8-8-10) and Borussia Dortmund (8-8-10) are all tied for seventh place with 34 points, but trail VfB Stuttgart (7-4-15) by two points for fifth place and its spot in next season's UEFA Cup.

    With American Kasey Keller in net, Borussia Mönchengladbach had a frustrating Saturday, tying visiting Stuttgart 1-1 before 51,000 at Borussia-Park.

    Keller and the G'ladbach defense were strong and the club went ahead 1-0 when Milan Fukal opened the scoring after 69 minutes.

    Keller made good saves on Christian Gentner and Jon Dahl Tomasson, but substitute Hassan El Fakiri passed to Christian Tiffert. Tiffert found Jeronimo Baretto Cacau who beat Keller from 16 yards to equalize at 1-1 in the 75th minute.

    FC Mainz 05 received another brief appearance from U.S. striker Conor Casey and surprised Bayer Leverkusen 2-1. Casey recently returned from surgery last summer to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

    Mainz (7-13-6) and VfL Wolfsburg (6-11-9) are tied for 13th place with 27 points, the pair one position and three points above the relegation zone. Leverkusen (8-10-8, 32 points) sits in 10th place.


    In the 2Bundesliga today, American Gregg Berhalter helped a solid defense foor Energie Cottbus which came away with a 2-0 victory over SpVgg Unterhaching. Cottbus (12-6-8, 44) moved back into third place, which brings automatic promotion to the Bundesliga next season, but Karlsruher SC (12-7-7) is one point back, while Greuther Furth (11-6-8) is behind by three points, but owns a game in hand. SC Freiburg (12-9-5) is also three points below Cottbus.
    In the Netherlands, U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley came off the bench in the 61st minute and added some pace to a somewhat dull match that PSV Eindhoven won 1-0 over NEC Nijmege at home yesterday A free-kick goal from Jefferson Farfan in the 77th minute proved to be the difference.

    PSV (23-2-4, 73) is nine points ahead of AZ Alkmaar (20-5-4) and leads Feyenoord Rotterdam (19-4-6) by 10 in the Eredivisie. Alkmaar edged Feyenoord 1-0 at home yesterday.

    U.S. defender Cory Gibbs dressed, but did not play in ADO Den Haag's 1-1 draw with Roda JC Kerkrade yesterday. Gibbs did go the distance for ADO's reserves during the week.


    In Belgium Friday, U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu went 90 minutes for Standard de Liege which defeated Racing Genk 1-0, in a match that saw seven yellow cards issued, but none to Onyewu.

    Standard (16-5-6, 54) trails league-leading Anderlecht (16-4-7) by a point.


    Former Penn State striker Joe Zewe is playing in Denmark with second-division B1909 and had 10 goals in a season that just ended with a 3-1 loss to Esbjerg of the Superliga Wednesday in the Danish Cup quarterfinals.

    Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent. E-mail Robert Wagman.

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